Comcast's recent purchase of iControl may be a signal that service providers are trying to get a piece of the smart home services market, but in reality these services aren't resonating with consumers.
Comcast announced today it purchased Icontrol Networks Inc., an Austin, Texas-based company that developed key technologies for Comcast's Xfinity Home service. The company said the Icontrol employees in Austin joining Comcast "will make up a new Comcast engineering center of excellence in Austin that can take advantage of the great energy and talent that city has to offer."
Verizon said it will acquire the California-based startup Telogis in a move the carrier said will "significantly" expand its connected vehicle business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Samsung announced plans to spend roughly $1.2 billion in the U.S. over the next four years for the research and development of IoT technologies. The world's largest smartphone vendor expressed its desire for a "human-centered approach" to the IoT, emphasizing openness and collaboration and focusing on objectives such as helping people in their homes and keeping them healthy.
Bluetooth 5 is due to make its debut today, promising a significant upgrade in speed and range.
Senet, which describes itself as the first and only North American provider of public, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for LoRa-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications, says it has achieved coverage in 100 U.S. cities and plans to double that number over the next year.
Artificial intelligence might eventually be the key not just to smartphones but to all connected things, according to Android co-founder Andy Rubin. And a single AI may power them all.
In an attempt to drive home the point to drone manufacturers that security should not be an afterthought, researchers at John Hopkins University demonstrated how they could use a laptop to easily take down a commercially available drone.
Arris recognizes that the role of video services continues to change and the company is moving to evolve with those changes.
A more appropriate analogy when comparing the different business models and market competition associated with LPWA IoT is Wi-Fi versus cellular data. In this case, LoRa and Sigfox would be Wi-Fi while NB-IoT is, of course, cellular data.